Mar 28, 2014

Exotic Menu and Decor Highlight FVCC's Casablanca, The Dinner

Students of The Culinary Institute of Montana at Flathead Valley Community College will create an intriguing evening as they take their Chef’s Table guests back to 1942 Casablanca on Saturday, April 12. Each spring, the students, along with Chef Howard Karp, partner with the FVCC Foundation for a special Chef’s Table dinner.  Past years’ themes have been the 100th Anniversary of the Titanic and 1920s April in Paris.  All proceeds from these events support FVCC scholarships and programs.

“The students work closely with our marketing and Foundation staff to create amazing décor and to make this a memorable evening for all,” said Colleen Unterreiner, Director of the FVCC Foundation.  “We are grateful to the culinary program for their contributions to our Festival of Flavors events.”

This year, attendees will enter a Moroccan medina with its walls, arches and colorful bazaar.  Guests will step into the world of Rick’s Café from the famed 1942 movie Casablanca for a French and Moroccan-influenced feast and period jazz music by Erica von Kleist with the Gringos Del Soul trio.

The center of the dining room will be transformed into a traditional Moroccan gazebo where guests will select from a variety of French and Moroccan breads and enjoy a tasting of “The Dance of the Seven Salads.”  The main course will awaken taste buds with a sweet and savory chicken pot pie, monk fish tagine and hug-rubbed prime sirloin rib roast with horseradish, yogurt and mint sauce.  “The Snake,” a traditional Moroccan confectionery, will be served with assorted cookies accompanied by Moroccan mint tea.

Guests will enjoy a no-host bar with selected French wines. Tickets for Casablanca, The Dinner are $150 each.  Groups of 10 or more can make reservations by phone at a discounted rate of $125 per ticket.    Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 756-3632.